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A New American Under-Secretary General at the UN

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:37 pm    Post subject: A New American Under-Secretary General at the UN Reply with quote

If it's "reform of the UN" that the US wants, this guy will be in a better position than the Permanent Representative (Ambassador) would be (whether the latter is Bolton or someone else.

Secretary-General appoints new Under-Secretary-General for Management

The Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Christopher Bancroft Burnham of the United States as the new Under-Secretary-General for Management, succeeding Catherine Bertini, effective June 1, 2005. Mr. Burnham’s selection came at the end of a competitive process in which three short-listed candidates were interviewed.

Christopher B. Burnham was appointed by President Bush as acting Undersecretary of the United States Department of State for Management, in February 2005, overseeing all global operations for the State Department, including diplomatic security, human resources, overseas building operations, administration, information resources, and consular affairs.

Since January 2002, Mr. Burnham has also served as the Assistant Secretary for Resource Management and Chief Financial Officer of the Department, leading all budgeting, accounting and disbursing, strategic planning, budget and performance integration, global financial operations, intelligence resource planning, and critical infrastructure protection. Mr. Burnham has led the effort to instil sound business planning practices in all aspects of the State Department, from individual embassy business plans to the Department’s strategic plan.

Before joining the Bush Administration, Mr. Burnham served as the Chief Executive Officer of a leading asset management and mutual fund company, PIMCO’s Columbus Circle Investors, and as Vice-Chairman of PIMCO’s mutual fund group. Earlier, in 1994, he was elected Treasurer of Connecticut, and quickly earned national recognition for sweeping reforms to all aspects of the Connecticut Treasury, and for turning the worst performing state pension fund in the country into one of the top performing public funds nationwide.

Previously, Mr. Burnham was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston and Advest Corporate Finance. He was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives three times, and served as assistant minority leader. A 23-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, he is a veteran of the first Gulf War, and led one of the first infantry units to reach and liberate Kuwait City in 1991.
Mr. Burnham was born in New York, New York in 1956. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington & Lee University. He also attended Georgetown University, National Security Studies Program. Mr. Burnham is the recipient of several accounting, leadership, and civic awards.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2005 11:06 pm    Post subject: Is the UN turning - gasp - Republican? Reply with quote

At the U.N., a Growing Republican Presence


By Colum Lynch
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 21, 2005; A21


UNITED NATIONS, July 20 -- Christopher B. Burnham, the highest-ranking U.S.
citizen working in the U.N. Secretariat, is a rare breed here: a Republican
Party loyalist and an enthusiastic supporter of President Bush.


Burnham, the United Nations' undersecretary for the department of
management, is one of a handful of Bush administration supporters hired by
the United Nations in recent months. They have been promoting Bush's
political agenda in an organization that has clashed bitterly with
Republican policymakers over such issues as the impact of global warming
and the justification for the war in Iraq.


Burnham says he sees his purpose as furthering the mission he began as the
chief financial officer in the Bush State Department: making the
bureaucracy he oversees more accountable. Burnham suggested that his
ultimate loyalty may lie with the president, not his new boss, U.N.
Secretary General Kofi Annan. He says he also relishes the thought of
working with John R. Bolton, a close friend and Bush's choice as U.N.
ambassador, to force change.


"I'm not here to be a careerist," said Burnham, a former GOP fundraiser and
investment banker who keeps photographs of Bush, Laura Bush and George H.W.
Bush in his U.N. office. "I came here at the request of the White House.
It's my duty to make the U.N. more effective. My primary loyalty is to the
United States of America."


The Bush administration hopes the recent appointments of Republicans such
as Burnham; Ann M. Veneman, the new executive director of UNICEF; and
others to senior U.N. positions will make the United Nations a more
hospitable place for conservative views. Republicans such as James T.
Morris, a Bush supporter who heads the U.N. World Food Program, have
already used their positions to underscore the humanitarian contributions
of prominent Republicans.


Addressing the U.N. Security Council last month on world hunger, Morris
paid homage to President Ronald Reagan, a tough critic of the United
Nations. Morris said Reagan's decision to provide aid in the 1980s to
famine-stricken Ethiopia under communist rule represented the "most
eloquent affirmation" of the principle that food should never be used as a
weapon of war.


Veneman, who served as agriculture secretary during Bush's first term,
insists that she is not seeking to implement White House policies at the
agency. But she is promoting priorities that parallel those backed by the
Bush administration, which nominated her for the job.


In her initial speeches, she has sidestepped politically sensitive issues
championed by her Democratic predecessor, Carol Bellamy -- such as
children's rights and reproductive health care -- that have rankled the
administration's social conservatives.


Instead, Veneman has highlighted primary health care for children under the
age of 5, an area of UNICEF's work that is known as "child survival." She
has also advocated what she calls "child protection" themes that are
popular in the White House and Congress, including combating the
trafficking of children in the sex trade.


"People talk about the convention on the rights of the child, nobody knows
what you're talking about," Veneman said. But she said that issues such as
child trafficking and the forced recruitment of child soldiers resonate
with audiences.


"The issue of children, I just don't think is a Republican or Democratic
agenda," she said. "Virtually all of the issues are issues that people
universally care about. I don't see myself as furthering anybody's agenda
other than that of the world's children."


Life for those few Republicans at the United Nations has been, at times,
awkward. Catherine Bertini, who preceded Burnham as the United Nations' top
management official, said colleagues were appalled by her backing of Bush
after his decision to invade Iraq. Bertini, who resigned in April, recalled
being confronted by a senior U.N. colleague who asked, "How can you
possibly support that man?"


"Some people don't check their views about other nationalities at the
door," Bertini said. "There are several senior executives who were, as far
as I'm concerned, anti-American, who made comments in meetings about
Americans and or talked about the United States in what I considered a
negative tone."


Still, there have been signs of improvement in Republicans' standing in the
U.N. system. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO), which was derided by the Reagan administration as a wasteful
institution that served the interests of anti-Western countries, selected
first lady Laura Bush in 2003 as its honorary ambassador for the U.N.
Decade of Literacy.


It also recently appointed an educator and former Republican legislator,
Peter Smith, as assistant director general for education. Senior Bush
officials, meanwhile, have praised UNESCO, likening its universal literacy
initiative, "Education for All," to the administration's No Child Left
Behind program.


Bush officials still believe the United Nations interfered in the 2004
election to the benefit of Democrats by stepping up criticism of the U.S.
postwar effort in Iraq during the presidential campaign. They also assert
that the United Nations is institutionally biased against Republicans.
Annan's appointment this year of former president Bill Clinton as his
special envoy for tsunami relief, they say, underscores a preference for
Democrats.


"It's no secret that the views of many in the United Nations align more
directly with the views of the Democratic foreign policy establishment,"
said Stuart W. Holliday, a Republican who is a former U.S. representative
to the United Nations for special political affairs.


U.N. officials say they have felt besieged by the Bush administration,
which has questioned the organization's relevance when it opposed the
invasion of Iraq, and by Republican lawmakers who have championed campaigns
to withhold funding to the world body and to force the U.N. chief to
resign.


U.N. officials say that despite Republicans' criticism, they have appointed
prominent Republicans, including former secretary of state James A. Baker
III, to carry out important diplomatic missions.


They say they have also tried to recruit friendly Republicans into the
United Nations' ranks, but that they have shown little interest. Several
former Republican lawmakers have turned down offers to serve as the chief
U.N. liaison official in Washington, a post that will be filled by a
seasoned U.S. legislative affairs professional, William Davis.


U.N. officials and independent observers agree that there has been a dearth
of Republican officials hired at the United Nations, contributing to a wide
communication gap between New York and Washington.


"In recent years, my impression is the secretary general has not had enough
people around him who really understand more the conservative political
philosophy in the United States," said Edward C. Luck, a Columbia
University professor who specializes on the United Nations.


"I think they have been feeding him bad advice, because he just doesn't
seem to get it when it comes to dealing with Washington. It's not that he
should be surrounded by a bunch of neocons, but he should have some people
who in a very unvarnished way can sort of explain to him about American
perspectives."


Luck said the fault also lies with the Republican Party, which has a
shortage of internationalists who care about U.N. affairs and want to work
here. Those few Republicans who have been sent to New York to "shake up the
system" may find it hard to leaving a lasting mark. "I think the system is
very hard to move," Luck said. "You send someone to New York, and in a
couple of years they begin to sound a lot more like a U.N. person than a
Bush administration appointee."


In Burnham's case, at least, there have been no signs of a political
conversion. Said one senior U.N. official: "The Kool-Aid hasn't made its
way through his bloodstream yet."


© 2005 The Washington Post Company

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ask the Indian Prime Minister if he think the UN need some serious reform.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another point for the US after one point for:

Châu Âu và Hoa Kỳ đều đã cảnh báo sẽ tẩy chay các hộ nghị của ASEAN nếu Miến Điện nhận chức chủ tịch khối này. Một thông cáo ra tại Hội nghị Ngoại trưởng ASEAN cho biết Miến Điện đã đồng ý không nhận chức chủ tịch luân phiên khối này vào năm 2006. (bbc vietnamese).



This gotta piss off lasagna (and possibly Pol also) no end. heheheh
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2005 3:13 pm    Post subject: Huh? Reply with quote

X wrote:
Another point for the US after one point for:

Châu Âu và Hoa Kỳ đều đã cảnh báo sẽ tẩy chay các hộ nghị của ASEAN nếu Miến Điện nhận chức chủ tịch khối này. Một thông cáo ra tại Hội nghị Ngoại trưởng ASEAN cho biết Miến Điện đã đồng ý không nhận chức chủ tịch luân phiên khối này vào năm 2006. (bbc vietnamese).

This gotta piss off lasagna (and possibly Pol also) no end. heheheh
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Why should I care that the US is gonna boycott ASEAN meetings if Myanmar (Burma) takes on the presidency of ASEAN? wonder
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